UPDATED: Guide to PURCHASING Honey Bees in Wisconsin

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Here is the link for the UPDATED BCBA 2020 GUIDE TO PURCHASING BEES 2020. We are not endorsing any specific supplier, but giving members the option to see what’s available, do personal research and make educated decisions. This is the start to a GREAT year, please remember to come to club meetings for additional support and valuable information.

 

 

March Bee Management in NE Wisconsin

Our March meeting was cancelled where the topic for discussion was going to be “Spring Management Before Dandelions Bloom”. Here is a 3 minute video by Dave Elsen on that subject.

Learn about spring management before dandelions bloom for Northeast Wisconsin.

CANCELLED – Brown County Library, DENMARK branch hosts “Beginning Beekeeping”

We are hopeful this event will be rescheduled, however, at this time it has to be CANCELLED.

The Brown County Library – Denmark Branch, is hosting the Brown County Beekeepers Association in a one hour presentation on BEGINNING BEEKEEPING. The presentation will be on Monday April 13th at 6:00 PM and will cover : equipment, cost and time.

LOCATION: Brown County Library – 450 N Wall St, Denmark, WI 54208

TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Tilt the Hive Forward to Assess Colonie Health

A quick assessment of overall hive health before a full inspection can be done by tilting the hive forward on the bottom board. In this way you get a feel for the weight of the hive, colonie size, and a critical look at the bottom board. Read the full article by Bee Informed Partnership here

More Mite Information

Since Varroa mites were introduced into the United States in 1987 beekeepers have been searching for ways to eliminate them. The more one knows about mites the easier it is for the beekeeper to keep healthy hives. This article in Entomology Today talks about different controls one can use when following an Integrated Pest Management approach.

Learning Opportunity – Wausau WI

The Marathon County Beekeepers Association is presenting a full day of speakers in Wausau WI on the campus of North Central Technical College. Registration is now open. Cost is $49 until February 29, 2020 and then it is $59. NOTE: If you are over 62 years of age the cost is only $21.90. The discount is given at checkout. For more information or to register.

Last year 6 BCBA club members carpooled to Wausau. There are already 3 folks from BCBA have signed up and are planning to carpool again. If you would like to carpool contact the club P president, Dave Elsen.

Guide to WISCONSIN HONEY BEE BREEDERS ASSOCIATION QUEEN BREEDERS LIST

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Here is a link to Wisconsin Honey Bee QUEEN BREEDERS for those who want to purchase QUEENS from specific and local Queen Breeders. 2020 will be a GREAT year for BCBA with focused EDUCATION to help keep our bees alive and well.

Vaccine for American foulbrood?

There is promising research coming out of Finland which, if successful, will be the first insect vaccine. American foulbrood is a devastating disease that requires killing all of the bees and burning of all equipment to prevent the spread to other colonies. The vaccine is edible and is passed from the queen to her offsprings. Read the full article here.